A Level History Conference: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918 – 1945

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This A level History conference, NEW for 2023, offers a unique, inspiring and valuable opportunity to all A Level History students to hear sessions from leading, distinguished historians on The Third Reich, Regius Professor Emeritus of History, University of Cambridge, Sir Richard Evans, and Professor Roger Griffin, Oxford Brookes University.

Dr Keith Milne, A level History expert, examiner and practitioner, will be giving practical, in-depth, latest, examiner advice and guidance to all students on accessing the top A/A* grades in 2023

The conference will draw examples from the AQA exam board, but overall will be of benefit to students also following other exam boards studying Germany during the years 1918 to 1945.


  • Experience a unique, inspiring and valuable opportunity to hear leading historians and a highly experienced senior A Level History examiner all on the same day
  • Take away an enhanced understanding of key issues, challenges, debates, controversies of this period
  • Take away top level guidance and advice from a senior examiner on ways to attain top grades A/A*
  • Analyse examples of grade A/A* work, take away key points on how to avoid ‘slipping’ a grade
  • Receive a full set of conference notes to take away for study and revision


Welcome and Introduction

10.30 – 10.35am

The establishment and early years of Weimar: Regius Emeritus Professor Sir Richard Evans

10.35 – 11.05am
  • To what extent was political extremism the most significant threat to the Weimar Republic in the years 1919 to 1923?
  • How far did the Treaty of Versailles and the Weimar Constitution doom the Weimar Republic?
  • To what extent did government policy cause the economic, social and political problems of the Weimar Republic in the years 1919 to 1924?

Examiner Workshop: Essay and Source Questions on The Weimar Republic: perfecting AO1 and AO2: Dr Keith Milne

11.05 – 11.35am
  • The integration of content and skills in perfect combination in a depth essay– what to expect, what examiners are looking for to award A/A* marks in questions on Weimar
  • Examples of excellent responses, and less excellent responses what students can do to drive up the top marks
  • The meaning of value in AO2. What exactly drives value in both content and provenance with examples of A/A* responses to source questions.

Break – submit your questions to the panel and win a prize!

11.35 – 11.55am

The Golden Age of the Weimar Republic? Dr Roger Griffin

11.55 – 12.30pm
  • To what extent was there economic and political stability in Germany 1924 to 1928?
  • How far was German society fundamentally conservative in the years 1924 to 1929?
  • How far was the rise of the Nazi Party a result of the failure of its political opponents 1924 to 1933?


12.30 – 1.00pm

Ask the Experts – the experts answer the best questions submitted by the students – the best question wins a prize!

1.00 – 1.10pm

The Third Reich: Rise and Triumph of the Nazi Dictatorship 1933 to 1939: Regius Emeritus Professor Sir Richard Evans

1.10 – 2.00pm
  • How far was Hitler’s consolidation of power accomplished by legal means 1933 to 1934?
  • To what extent was there an economic miracle in Germany in the years 1933 to 1939?
  • How far was a totalitarian state established in the years 1933 to 1939?

Examiner Workshop: Writing Outstanding Essay and Source Responses: Dr Keith Milne

2.00 – 2.30pm
  • Producing top level answers on Germany 1933 to 1945 – exactly what examiners are looking for.
  • Examples of A/A* responses to depth essays and source based questions. How to move from Level 4 to Level 5.
  • The ideal essay structure, moving from knowledge to understanding
  • Perfecting balance in judgement.

The Racial State, 1933 – 1941: Professor Roger Griffin

2.30 – 3.00pm
  • How far was Hitler’s policies towards minorities a consistent and planned one 1933 to 1941?
  • To what extent did Hitler’s state achieve its aims towards minority groups?
  • How far was there a twisted road to Auschwitz?

The Impact of War 1939-1945: Regius Emeritus Professor Sir Richard Evans

3.00 – 3.30pm
  • How far did the German economy successfully provide for the demands of war?
  • To what extent does indoctrination explain the continued support of the German people?
  • How far did the demands of war affect policy towards the Jews and other minority groups?
  • To what extent did wartime resistance to the Nazi State a failure?

Final Advice and Top Tips From The Examiner: Dr Keith Milne

3.30 – 3.40pm
  • How to use specific knowledge to prove understanding in essays and source evaluation
  • The proven approach to effective revision: learning the arguments and avoiding the pub quiz.


London | Wednesday 01 March 2023

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Sir Richard Evans is Regius Professor Emeritus of History and President of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. He has published a large-scale history of the Third Reich in three volumes. He has been awarded the Wolfson Literary Award for History, the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History, and the Hamburg Medaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft and is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Literature and the Roy

Professor Roger Griffin is widely acknowledged to be one of the world’s foremost experts on the socio-historical and ideological dynamics of fascism, as well as its relationship to modernity, modernism, and other forms of contemporary political and religious fanaticism, and in particular the contemporary terrorism of neo-Nazis and Jihadism. His latest books are Fascism: An Introduction to Comparative Fascist Studies (2018), and Fascism: A Quick Immersion (2020).

Dr Keith Milne has over 25 years teaching and examining experience. He is a Senior Moderator and examiner with a major exam board and has authored and advised on a series of popular books including those detailing how to succeed with the NEA. He leads a number of courses exploring the routes to success at A Level History.


  • A Specially prepared notes, practical advice and guidance by the course leader
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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